Americans, like the rest of the world, are having to fight a battle with their weight more now than ever before. As the holiday seasons approach, take time to remember the importance of maintaining a healthy weight, a healthy lifestyle. Apple pie, cookies, and all the sweets associated with the holidays are amazing to eat, but unfortunately they are not so amazing for you.
Obesity is a worldwide issue, but has increased significantly in the United States in the past couple of years. Obesity is defined as one who has 20% more body weight than what is considered, a normal weight for height. Obesity, which is not only a cosmetic struggle for some, is also detrimental to one’s health. Some risk factors associated with obesity include, but are not limited to, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. Hypertension, although it might just be a number on a little screen when taken, it can cause numerous issues that many are not aware of. Stroke and heart attack are common results of chronic hypertension, which is also common with obesity. Sleep apnea can be dangerous and is linked to obesity in that the excess weight baring down on one’s body causes complications with breathing during sleeping. When someone is obese, it takes much more energy to even breathe than a “normal” weight person.
Wouldn’t you rather use your energy to do something like exercise or care for your family? All of these issues can be avoided with two simple things! We can be more attentive about what we put in our mouths, and we can be active. Although unfortunately, some health problems are inherited such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes, they can be controlled easier with a healthy person. Let’s use this holiday season to educate ourselves on obesity and become active participants in the maintenance of our health!